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‘The Nutcracker’: New scenery made at Yale shop

November 27, 2018

Eastern Connecticut Ballet brings a new look to its classic “Nutcracker” ballet Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9, with new scenery built in New Haven, additional special effects and a setting that celebrates southeastern Connecticut’s seafaring past, say officials.

Audience members will glimpse tall ships in port, a sea captain’s Victorian home, lighthouses and other well-known landmarks — new scenery that will transform the Garde Arts Center’s stage into a wintry day in New London during the 1850s.

The new backdrops are the creations of Fufan Zhang, a young set designer and artist who received her master’s of fine arts from Yale School of Drama. Zhang has also designed sets for other top regional theater companies. The giant backdrops for ECB’s “The Nutcracker” were built at the Yale School of Drama’s set design shop.

Tchaikovsky’s musical masterwork captivates audiences year with such beloved classics as the “Waltz of the Snowflakes” and the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.” ECB artistic director Gloria Govrin is a one-time soloist for the New York City Ballet under the direction of the great George Balanchine.

Garde Arts Center, 325 State St., New London. Dec. 8, 1:30 and 7 p.m.; Dec. 9, 1:30 p.m. $50-$25. 860-444-7373, Ext. 1. gardearts.org

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